July 2019

West Lothian paedo armed with knife, lube and rubber gloves ‘rape kit’ who tried to abuse girl, 7, in restaurant toilet is jailed

A sexual predator snared with a ‘rape kit’ after trying to abuse a little girl in a restaurant toilet has been jailed.

Twisted Scott Beattie, dragged the terrified youngster, seven, into a locked cubicle before exposing himself to her and trying to pull down her trousers.

The 31-year-old, blasted by a sheriff for his “deviant sexual interests”, targeted the kid in a popular family restaurant in Livingston, West Lothian.

The schoolgirl only managed to escape when the sicko unlocked the door and ordered her to wash her hands.

She ran back to her mum and later told cops she’d tried to scream but couldn’t because she was “too scared”.

Officers caught Beattie after viewing CCTV footage from the restaurant.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard he was found with a ‘rape kit’ consisting of lubricant, latex gloves and a lock knife in his rucksack.

Beattie already has 21 previous convictions for a “broad spectrum” of offending behaviour.

At the time of the little girl’s toilet ordeal, he was on bail after being charged with voyeurism for following a woman into a toilet at Livingston Designer Outlet and peering at her over the cubicle wall.

A victim impact statement written by the seven-year-old’s mum was read out in court.

It revealed the youngster had since had nightmares involving “the bad man” and needed cuddles from her parents to calm her.

Assistant procurator fiscal Deborah Demick told Livingston Sheriff Court: “She still talks about what happened regularly but, given her age, she’s too young to understand the severity of the situation.

“Luckily she doesn’t worry or stress about other possible outcomes.”

Beattie, of Blackburn, West Lothian, pled guilty to placing the girl in a state of fear and alarm by pushing her into the cubicle, locking the door, exposing himself to her and trying to lower her trousers on February 15.

He also pled guilty to following a woman into the female toilets at the Hot Flame restaurant in Livingston Centre on January 13, entering the middle cubicle next to her’s and watching her as she used the toilet.

Beattie’s lawyer Kevin Dugan said the social worker’s assessment that his client presented a possible danger to the public in future was an accurate one.

He admitted: “A period of imprisonment is obviously merited here given the serious nature of the charges.”

Passing sentence, Sheriff Martin Edington told Beattie he had considered a psychological report which showed the fiend suffered from a borderline personality disorder.

He added: “You attempted to deny – certainly to minimise – your involvement.

“It seems to me you will say anything to anyone if you think it will help your position.

“The social work report discloses you have a strong sexual appetite and you are at increased risk of committing a further general offence and you are in a high category of sexual reconviction, partly because of your deviant sexual interests.

“There is also a compelling victim impact statement which does not attempt to exaggerate the position your seven year old victim found herself in or the possible consequences for that.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that for these offences only a custodial sentence, and indeed a lengthy custodial sentence, is appropriate.”

Beattie was jailed for 49 months and two weeks, backdated to February 18.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.